Mother found guilty in children's burning deaths

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) A Colorado Springs woman accused of killing her three children by burning down her home for insurance money has been found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder.

Jurors deliberated less than three hours Monday before convicting 41-year-old Deborah Nicholls. They got the case just before 2 p.m. after each side made closing arguments.

Nicholls also was charged arson, child abuse and other counts in the March 7, 2003, fire at her family's home. The blaze killed 11-year-old jay, 5-year-old Sophia, and 3-year-old Sierra Nicholls.

Nicholls was found guilty of all but one of felony charges against her, a cocaine possession charge.

Deputy public defender Jeff Schwartz says an appeal is planned.

Nicholls' husband, Timothy Nicholls, was convicted last year of felony murder and is serving life without parole.


KKCO firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKCO 11News.

powered by Disqus
KKCO NBC 11 News 2531 Blichmann Avenue Grand Junction, CO 81505 Station Phone: 970.243.1111 Business Fax: 970.243.1770 Newsroom Fax: 970.245.3793 News Tip & Contest Line: 970.255.8477
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 35067414 - nbc11news.com/a?a=35067414
Gray Television, Inc.